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Sweden Country of Origin: Sweden

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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 1995
Label: Wrong Again Records
Genre: Black, Death, Thrash
1. As The Twilight Gave Birth To The Night
2. Enslave The Astral Fortress
3. Through The Midnight Spheres
4. The Eclipse Of Infernal Storms
5. Emerging From Her Weepings
6. Failing Wings
7. Vittra
8. Sunless Dawn
9. Exalted Abowe Thrones

Review by Luka on August 5, 2002.

It seems all too often I’m describing bands this way lately: "typical" this-or-that. Perhaps the metal world is becoming spoiled with so many unique bands that now when I buy a straight forward album from a straight forward band like Naglfar I am more or less disappointed at the lack of creativity from them. This is a typical black metal album indeed; typical shrieks, typical blast-beats, typical flat sounding bass-drums, typical booklet photos of the band members donning medieval armor and swords... and ironically, I even notice a marked Gothenburg melodic influence in Naglfar as they are from Sweden rather than the black metal-homeland Norway. Talk about a cliché! I would know everything there is to this band if someone simply told me they are "Swedish black metal".

Not to rag on the Norwegians here but I have to say that when it comes to metal, artists from Sweden are usually a lot more open-minded and creative. Naglfar’s influence seems to be an equal split between boring, traditional black metal and a creative melodic style. On one side "Vittra" is as hard to sit through as is the average black metal album but it has enough energy and presence (with a clear Tägtgren production) to bend the ear in a different way and keep you firmly interested, this is especially true of the two very Amon Amarth-like opening songs.

Due to problems with the Wrong Again label it seems that this album has now become something of a rarity. I bought my copy from eBay at a most disagreeable price and the album was hardly worth it, so unless some accessible record label re-issues this my advice would be to not bother looking for it. While definitely a great release for its time, Naglfar’s sound wouldn’t turn too many heads in today’s thriving metal scene. There is a lot of better stuff out there that’s easier to find.

Bottom Line: Naglfar draw a fine line between boring, traditional black metal and something genuinely good. You’re better off going for bands that are just genuinely good.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Originality: 4
Musicianship: 7
Atmosphere: 8
Production: 8
Overall: 7

Rating: 6.8 out of 10